H-F getting artificial turf for practice field
By Sarah Zylstra Correspondent October 16, 2013 7:56PM
Updated: November 18, 2013 6:58AM
The soccer and football practice field at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, damaged during the construction of a new fieldhouse, will be rebuilt with synthetic turf before the spring sports season begins, according to a school spokeswoman.
Jodi Bryant said H-F District 233 planned to return the fields to grass after the $25 million fieldhouse was completed, but the district saved enough money on construction costs to put in the artificial turf.
Bryant said the artificial turf will allow the field, which is in a low-lying area that’s part of a floodplain, to be used all year. As a grass field, it’s often too wet to be used fully, she said, and spring teams that compete in softball, baseball and lacrosse have to practicing in the parking lots at times, she said.
“It was always in our long-range plans,” she said of installing the artificial turf. “We didn’t think we’d be able to get it so soon.”
The field has been unusable since spring because the field house project required part of it to be used for vehicles and construction debris, Bryant said.
Instead of paying to have the mounds of dirt from the project hauled away, District 233 will use it to build up the practice field, another savings that will make the synthetic turf affordable, she said.
The district plans to install a drainage system to direct stormwater runoff from the field to a bio-pond in the middle of the H-F campus and to a retention pond being constructed east of the field, Flossmoor assistant manager Patrick Finn said.